Designed as a pilot program to serve families with children experiencing mobility challenges and financial need, HOOFPRINTS has demonstrated to all involved the physical gains obtained through therapeutic riding. The networking opportunities for families experiencing similar challenges also proved beneficial.
"...It's a huge deal for our family to be out on the nice and quiet horse farm relaxing, being a family, and seeing the kids having so much fun."
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Cowpokes to Careers
Manistee Intermediate School students along with their peer/partners have enjoyed the farm and all it has to offer since 2007. Enhancing academic, social and career preparation skills, while participating many different outdoor activities, has proven to be a magical motivational tool.
"It is so nice to see the joy in the faces of the students as they ride a horse and to see them grow more confident."
(Therapy for Recovery And Independent Living Skills)
Collaborating with Centra Wellness Peer to Peer Support, this program facilitates self-reliance and relationship skills for adults recovering from mental illness. Many also are on a path of recovery that now need hope, purpose, and direction. Since the start of this program in 2010. the farm has become a sanctuary for those in need.
"From the first time you walk on the farm, the healing begins."
(Girls Achieving Life Long Opportunities with Purpose)
In partnership with Centra Wellness, SafeNet students from Manistee and Benzie County schools who are identified as at risk of school failure, have been spending summers at NPEC. Since 2014, this program has addressed school success, healthy interpersonal relationships, improved self esteem and lifestyle skills for girls ages 7 to 12.
"When I ride Rebel, all my worries fly away. I think the farm is the coolest place on earth."